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Stressful and lonely
I would say if you enjoy listening to beeping and not being able to talk to people... this job is for you. otherwise its stressful and not worth the headache. Management is poor. Fellow employees are just as bad granted you don't have to see them all that much. Trains are terrible and break down all the time causing delays in service as well as other headaches.
You are alone in the cab which wouldn't be bad if you could have music instead of beeping ever few seconds for a 12 hour shift. beeping is required due to the systems it runs but that's literally all you hear and its very annoying.
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Productive and opportunity in growth
Great company, will demand a lot of knowledge and experience.

Great management team and leadership.


Work with greats teams to accomplish desired task and a timely manner.
Pros
Growth in various positions
Cons
Not Applicable
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Terrible Management. Lowest paying commuter rail in the country!
One of the worst run companies I've ever worked for! Most of the managers they have working there have no idea what they're doing!
Working here was one of the worst experiences of my life. They treat the operators like second class citizens and pay them that way as well. The cost of living in Denver and what they pay you in relation to that is absolutely terrible. A good number of operators have got their class1 license and moved to other cities and done quite well! But, that's not an option for everyone,

I wouldn't waste my time with this joke of a company....unless getting certified and moving elsewhere is your goal.
Pros
Class 1 certification
Cons
Too many to list!!! TERRIBLE!
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4.0
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Good place to work
Same as above good training a safe place to work there are a lot of rules to abide by they do have to follow by FRA rules we have a strong crew in all departments and willing to help out
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Terrible Hours, Terrible Management, Terrible Work-life Balance
Run, don't walk, from this company. If you decide not to follow that advice, be prepared to work all hours of the day with rotating shifts, daily. Your managers don't communicate, so you never really know what is going on. Also, you will be certified by the FRA, but the way Denver Transit Operates you will always be in fear of being decertified and being off work, unpaid.

Denver Transit Operators doesn't seem to understand how to operate a transportation company. Their turnover is sky-high, but they don't seem to do a thing about it. When the Gold Line opened (G-Line) they literally had to use Transportation Supervisors to run the lines because they were so short-handed.


The pay is not commensurate for the responsibility you bear. These are heavy rail commuter trains and yet light rail operators make as much or more per hour. Do yourself a favor and apply to RTD directly. You'll earn more money, more time off, and a pension.
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Management is the worst I've ever seen.
The entirety of how the company is setup is dysfunctional. Outside of all of the technical issues with equipment, the company does not truly invest in the safety of its employees. Training is severely lacking to the point where the employee had to actually beg the GM for better training. The discipline process is completely flawed as well. There were many instances where a single employee would violate company rules on numerous occasions but they would not be fired where other employees would be fired on their first infraction no matter how minor. Many of the documents that are reported to the public and government agencies are manipulated by management directly or by employees under threat of termination by management for insubordination. There is a union in place for some of the trade crafts in the company, but the agreement has barely any actual protections for the employees. Prior to the union being in place, nearly every trade craft employee was hired under a stepped pay increase system. Of the 80+ employees that were guaranteed these increases, only 2 actually got it. Also, the company has been fighting legal battles for discrimination from multiple employees.
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Great work environment
This company really cares about their employees. Unlike other railroads I worked for, this was one where hard work and performance were used to promote and reward employees. I loved working there.
Pros
casual comfortable work environment
Cons
New system with expected growing pains
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Management at all levels are not qualified. When will the voters demand results?
It is absolutely amazing that the Board of Directors for the Eagle P3 project are not down there cleaning house with the currant management they have running the A-Line, B- Line and the G-Line. Not one manager is qualified for there position. Management lies to the FRA, PUC, RTD and to the local news media daily.
They have no idea how to fix the current crossing gate issues or even how to fix the issues on the G-Line that have prevented then from opening the G - Line for over two years of testing with no answer. The political influences in Denver just keep extending there waivers to delay answering to the public in regards to a project failing with no solution in sight. It's very unfortunate for the folks in Denver.
Pros
Affordable option to DIA
Cons
Denver, Arvada and surounding cities paying the price everyday.
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4.0
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operating a train
its fun but theres alot to it there was alot of angry people that were unhappy with the company I would have loved to stay there but didnt meet all the requirements for the job on the last written test I took had to get a hundred percent and I messed one I understand why they are strict theres peoples lives at risk so I understand would recommend this place to anyone its a great opportunity if you meet the requirements overall its a great company
Pros
paid time off 401k, benefits, bonuses
Cons
the training its not done by a specified person workers that are not interested in training
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Not a good place to work
This is a terrible place to work. Very unorganized and unprofessional. They drastically change schedules without notice. Rules are very vague and because they are so understaffed people who do have a rules or safety violation are allowed to continue working because they can't afford to suspend or fire people. Terrible culture. No opportunity for growth or advancement. Pay way below industry standards. The company is also in the process of being taken over by RTD so it will be dissolving soon.
Pros
There are no pros
Cons
everything is a con
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3.0
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There are worst jobs out there
Not a terrible place to work. Like anywhere else management has no issues lying directly to your face. You are not "on call" on your normal days off. 3% match on 401K seems low considering no Railroad Retirement. Only one day off for Christmas, New Years, and Thanksgiving. Not a lot of room to move up in the company.
Pros
Home every night and off on weekends.
Cons
No Railroad Retirement.
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The worse
Mangement does not care about the operators. They don't pay you. You get in trouble for using your paid time off. Overall the worse place to possibly work at.
Pros
40 hours
Cons
Everything about this company
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3.0
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opportunity to add value
DTO is beginning it's second year of revenue service and focused on continuous improvements within all aspects of the organization. If you work hard, your efforts are valued and recognized.
Pros
valued added work
Cons
Union membership required for some positions, entitled employees as a result
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Incompetent and Delusional - Yes, really.
I've worked at several fortune 500 companies, so I'm no wide-eyed recent graduate, and this is the worst culture I've ever encountered.

Employee requests and concerns are viewed with skepticism and suspicion. New ideas are ignored as scary and unfamiliar. Managers are clueless and disorganized. Everyone is terrified of the CEO. There is 'no budget' for BASIC workplace tools. Their PTO and sick time is a joke--like working in a factory. Oh, and your colleagues are miserable and grouchy--one sympathizes.


I was told that people are constantly leaving, and I believe it. That's exactly what I did.


Save yourself the aggravation--don't bother applying. The job descriptions and requirements are exaggerated anyway.
Pros
None, really.
Cons
See review.
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5.0
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Operational Focus for Consistant Train Delivery
DTO is a accomplishment focused organization that not only cares about it's schedule, but cares about it's employees too. People are encouraged to advance/better their position when jobs become available. This is a 24/7 environment that works with its employees to make sure the work is completed properly but doesn't forget about people and their families needs.
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Consider working elsewhere
DTO has a highly disciplinary culture with discipline at times along racial lines. Two thirds of the people hired as Operators have left . . . quite discouraging for morale.
Pros
It's a job.
Cons
Among the lowest paid operators/engineers in the nation.
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Poor management makes for a depressing and unsafe operation!
Low cost bidder operation; which should tell you all you need to know! All monies received from RTD go to the executive management. All risk, including financial up to $10,000, is assumed by the Train Operators. Mid-level management has no considerable previous management and supervisory experience, which results in poor morale and safety concerns (especially the track). Supervisors play favorites. Not a proactive environment, either sit and wait for you to fail or set you up to fail. FRA still hasn't approved any of the lines. Definitely avoid DTO, unless you are a gluten for punishment!
Pros
Operating the train
Cons
Poor safety and operation
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Unsafe, poor management, low wage
Unsafe operations, management is used to running a bus operation not a class I train operation. Supervisors nowhere to be found unless they are trying to catch someone doing something wrong. Lowest wage around for a class I engineer. They name the position train operator so they don’t have to pay the standard industry $20.00+ For train engineers. A union has been voted in but they’ve been in negoations almost since the beginning of the operation. Recent update is that now they are going to arbitration. Overall this company will do whatever they have to to not pay what you should be paid.
Pros
Free rtd pass
Cons
Short almost non existent breaks, seniority based schedule, long hours
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4.0
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Good start up company to work for...
Good start up organization. Great place to work without all of the politics. If you work hard and act safe you are recognized. Any of the negative comments are from individuals who feel entitled or don't want to work hard.
Pros
Great opportunities, good benefits, people are friendly.
Cons
Employees trashing this company.
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3.0
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Crazy
The GM controlled all hiring and micromanaged the Engineering Department even though it was staffed with experienced and qualified Managers. I was lead to believe that a position was being created for me. I was shocked when i found out that all my effort and time was for nothing. The Chief and Deputy Engineers did not have a say in the hiring process.
Pros
Chief and Deputy Engineer
Cons
General Manager
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2.0
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enjoyable
Always feels good to know you can help other people get around the denver area. Co-workers are friendly and always keeps a positive attitude. Learning something new everyday on the job.
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2.5
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